KEMP Technologies Adds VLAN Trunking and Link Interface Bonding to Family of Load Balancers

LoadMaster 5.0 improves performance and high availability for Web applications in one affordable hardware platform

November 11, 2009

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YAPHANK, N.Y., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- KEMP Technologies today announced that it has added link interface bonding, and VLAN trunking support as a part of the new version 5.0 of its LoadMaster family of server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers. Combined with existing Layer 7 content switching and integrated SSL acceleration functionality, these new capabilities assure that businesses that rely on the Internet can improve performance and high availability - all in one affordable hardware platform.

The new LoadMaster 5.0 provides link interface bonding, which increases performance and throughput for each individual virtual service (VIP). By combining the bandwidth of two links, each one gains almost double the capacity and link failover in the event of network disruption to one of the bonded lines. Now all current LoadMaster appliances provide four-to-18 network interfaces for inbound traffic requests, leveraging multiple network interfaces in order to achieve higher throughput.

Customers can now easily install LoadMaster appliances into their current VLAN architecture without the hassle of network reconfiguration. Customers with mature networks with embedded VLANs have reliable, fail-proof VLAN performance to successfully carry traffic between VLANs, which otherwise are local to a switch.

The LoadMaster now features customizable HTTP header insertion to better support SSL processing and offloading. Today's web-enabled applications typically require special HTTP headers. Without these headers, which many load balancers are not able to provide, it can be difficult to offload SSL processing or to provide Layer 7 persistence handling. Additionally, the LoadMaster 5.0 also enables configurable Host Headers in HTTP 1.1 health checks. This unique feature provides application administrators with much deeper and more granular control over health checking of web and back-end applications.

Other new features that have been added include the LoadMaster 5.0 now fully supports the direct generation of 2048-bit SSL private keys for all new or renewal EV (Extended Validation) Certificate requests, as well as the import of 2048-bit keys when migrating SSL Certificates from web servers such as Apache or IIS.With LoadMaster 5.0 firmware and Selective Transparency, the LoadMaster is now one of the few application delivery appliances to dynamically provide transparent and non-transparent operation whenever required. As a result, server logs can now reflect real remote Source IPs while still allowing clients to be located wherever needed.

"Only KEMP delivers a load balancer that offers standard features such as caching, compression, SSL acceleration, content switching and now VLAN trunking support and interface bonding for one incredible price," notes Peter Melerud, VP of Marketing at KEMP Technologies. "The LoadMaster 5.0 is designed to be deployed easily for businesses to improve operations and increase productivity."

The KEMP product family consists of four product models: the LoadMaster 2000, 2500, 3500 and 5500. Each product includes a comprehensive set of features to meet customer needs based on throughput and performance requirements. The LoadMaster 5.0 features are now available free of charge to all existing KEMP customers of LoadMaster models 2000 and above, with current support agreements for any product model.
About KEMP Technologies
KEMP Technologies is a leader in affordable server load balancer appliances and application delivery controllers tailored to meet the needs of businesses that rely on the Internet for e-commerce and business-critical applications. KEMP helps companies rapidly grow their business with 24/7 high-availability, better web infrastructure performance, scalability and secure operations - while streamlining IT costs.

Thousands of KEMP LoadMaster products are in use today to improve customer satisfaction by accelerating user access to business-critical web applications. Managed service providers also rely upon KEMP products to enable fast time-to-market and cost-effective operations for new and existing managed services.

KEMP's highly affordable LoadMaster products include Layers 4-7 load balancing, content switching and server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, WTS load balancing and persistence with Session Directory integration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, intrusion prevention system), plus one full year of product support - delivering industry leading price/performance value.The company is headquartered in Yaphank, New York. For more information, visit, or call us at 631-345-5292.

Application delivery solutions are known as application delivery controllers (ADC), server load balancers (SLB), application front-end devices (AFE), web switches, content switches and application switches.
Source: KEMP Technologies 

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